Here's my research paper from Dr. Netland's Religious Epistemology course here at TEDS. My paper is a transcendental analysis of the necessary conditions of the possibility of the Inference to the Best Explanation. Inference to the Best Explanation is eminently important in our modern lives. We use it in our scientific investigations to decide between... Continue Reading →
Has Science Disproven God?
In our modern world today, science is seen as king. Science has taken us to the moon, science has extended our life expectancy and cured us of various diseases- science has even given us Android phones!! Of course, the devil has given us iPhones but that’s neither here nor there! My point is that science... Continue Reading →
Lily Ponds and Diving Boards| Cornelius Van Til and C.S. Lewis’s Transcendental Arguments
As most of my readers already know, when it comes to Cornelius Van Til I’m pretty much a sycophant. But, As an evangelical Christian apologist, I also have to read C.S. Lewis on the regular and quote him at least once in all of my papers and blog posts. These two guys are my dudes.... Continue Reading →
The Fact of All Facthood: God and a Philosophy of Fact
“But I would not talk endlessly about facts and more facts without ever challenging the nonbeliever’s philosophy of fact.” -Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith, 257. “The result of our historical enquires thus depends on the philosophical views which we have been holding before we even began to look at the evidence. This... Continue Reading →
Can God Make a Dog That’s Too Big for Him to Walk?
Maverick is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and he’s an absolute brute. He is a really sweet boy and would never intentionally hurt anyone. However, watching him pulverize and scarf down a half chicken for lunch engenders a greater sense of reverence with each crunch. He’s not mean or aggressive in the slightest, he’s just... Continue Reading →
Parker’s Pensées 1. Apologetics, Sports
What Pascal meant for good, God meant for great! Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a French mathematician, philosopher, and Christian apologist. Apparently he set out to write a book to defend and commend the Christian faith but died before it’s completion. The remnants of his apologetical thoughts were collected and arranged- though the proper order of... Continue Reading →
A Clarkian and A Vantillian discuss TAG
I recently had a short dialogue with Doug Douma, author of The Presbyterian Philosopher: The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark, concerning Van Til’s Transcendental Argument for God. Doug is a “Clarkian” and I am a “Vantillian” yet we were able to have a friendly disagreement. If you know anything about the Clark/Van Til controversy,... Continue Reading →
i Think, Therefore “I AM”: Van Til’s TAG
“According to the principle of Protestantism, man’s consciousness of self and of objects presupposes for their intelligibility the consciousness of God. In asserting this we are not thinking of psychological and temporal priority. We are thinking only of the question as to what is the final reference point in interpretation. The Protestant principle finds this... Continue Reading →
Does My Nephew’s Leukemia Disprove The Existence of God?
My nephew Lukas is one of the sweetest little boys you could ever meet. He cares for people way more than I do, and in that sense I have a lot to learn from him. There are so many stories I could share about this little dude but the one that comes right to my... Continue Reading →
Making Sense of Reason
“It has been intimated that fallen man is both irrationalist and rationalist, and at the same time. His irrationalism rests upon his metaphysical assumption that reality is controlled by or is an expression of pure chance. His rationalism is based upon the assumption that reality is wholly determined by laws with which his thought is... Continue Reading →
Reason, Chess, and the Existence of God
There’s an obvious connection between Logic and chess, this is evident from the numerous logic and debate books out there with pictures of chess boards on their covers. If you think of a chess player, you'll think of a very logical, analytic person. When you think of a Logic professor, it’s safe to assume he... Continue Reading →
Some Personal Reflections on Van Til’s Transcendental Argument
“For man self-consciousness presupposes God-consciousness.” -Van Til, Defense of the Faith, pg. 113 There are a couple different facets to Van Til's Transcendental Argument for God, or “TAG”. Some people would even say that there are 3 perspectives on TAG- a normative perspective (the essence of TAG), a situational perspective (TAG applied in different ways... Continue Reading →
C.S. Lewis’s Transcendental Argument for God
“Unless I believe in God, I can’t believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.” -C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity, pg. 32 C.S. Lewis is one of the most popular Christian apologists of the 20th century, and arguably, one of the most read apologists of all time. His approach... Continue Reading →
Answering The Euthyphro Dilemma with C.S. Lewis and Cornelius Van Til
The Euthyphro Dilemma is interesting enough on it’s own, but recently it became even more interesting for me when I stumbled upon somewhat of a debate between C.S. Lewis and Cornelius Van Til, two of my favorite Christian apologists. While I find a lot of similarity in the thought of these two (like their views... Continue Reading →
Is The Christian Faith Rational?
Moderator: Ok gents take your seats. I want to start by thanking you for coming to our round table discussion today. As you all know from your invites, we have a fun topic today: “Is the Christian faith rational?” Our structure will be fairly informal but I will be guiding our discussion. We’re going to... Continue Reading →
The Goal of Christian Apologetics
Apologetics, Christian Apologetics, should be just that- Christian. Like I’ve said in my other posts on the subject, apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia and is most readily associated with “the defense of the faith”. But the biblical depiction is much more than mere defense. The Apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 3:15, exhorts us... Continue Reading →
Should We Believe That Roses Are Real?
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Subjectivism means you can’t know what is true. “Roses are Red”, we hear it all the time. It’s the most cliché way to begin a poem, but is it true? Are roses really red? Do roses really exist? Can we know that roses are really red? How should we... Continue Reading →
A Lovely Argument for The Existence of God
What is love? We write all sorts of songs and poems dedicated to this mystical word “love”, but do we know what it is? We’ve heard from recent ad campaigns that love has no genders, love has no race, love has no disability, love has no age, and that love has no religion. We’ve heard... Continue Reading →
Christian Worldview Apologetics: an overview
I'm hesitant to write on apologetics. A common critique of the apologetics I practice is that we spend all our time discussing and debating apologetical methodology instead of actually going out there and doing apologetics. A renowned cultural critic and apologist, Os Guinness, told himself that he'd never write a book on apologetics because he'd... Continue Reading →
The Morally Outrageous Argument For God’s Existence
Abortion, white privilege, refugees, pay gap, fake news, illegal immigrants, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, all lives matter, taxation is theft, God, Jesus Christ. Are you triggered yet? Good, good... let the outrage flow through you. Now we can begin looking at the morally outrageous evidence for the existence of God. Take a... Continue Reading →